Steering Committee

Steering Committee

Rupinder Chera

Co-Director / Co-Directrice

Rupi is currently working as a Knowledge Broker at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She has worked on various projects, including with children and adolescents as well as Aboriginal populations. Rupi is interested in working towards health security for marginalized individuals, developing innovative solutions through a multi-sectoral approach. She has an Honours Bachelor of Science with a major in Human Biology and minors in Sociology and Botany from the University of Toronto, a Doctor of Medicine degree from SABA University School of Medicine, and a Master’s of Public Health from Western University. In her spare time, Rupi loves baking, watching movies, travelling, working out at the gym and spending time with family and friends.

Alex Kwok

Co-director / Co-directeur

Alex Kwok is a researcher at Arthritis Research Canada (ARC) base in Vancouver, BC where he leads a multi-province randomized controlled trial study evaluating the effectiveness of an online learning program to help people with inflammatory arthritis stay employed and to prevent work disability. Previously, he has worked in India and Cameroon on research projects related to health access and issues on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). Alex is passionate about health equity, disease prevention and prediction (epidemiology), health system strengthening, and health policy. He obtained his Master in Global Health at Maastricht University and a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science at the University of British Columbia. In his spare time, Alex enjoys swimming, traveling, and catching up with friends and family. 

Yoshith Perera

Program Advisor / Conseiller de Programme

Yoshi is a program administrator with an AIDS service organization in Ontario, Canada. He began his career in clinical medicine in the People’s Republic of China and soon migrated to Canada where he found his passion in Public Health. Currently, Yoshi works to build the capacity of service providers and communities to better serve people who identify as two spirit and LGBTQ+. Using health equity, anti-oppressive and cultural humility lenses, he works with agencies and equity-seeking groups to expand their understanding of communities oppressed by our systems and structures. Equipped with a Master of Public Health (Western University), competencies in project management and over 10 years of community leadership, Yoshi looks forward to creating health equity gains with communities.

Sonia Massey

Program Liaison / Agente de liaison

Sonia is a fourth-year undergraduate at the University of Michigan, studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN), with minors in Entrepreneurship and Gender and Health. Sonia is passionate about public health and enjoys exploring the intersection of psychology, healthcare, and entrepreneurship, She is the Global Health Intern for Sayva, a social impact engineering organization that is currently focused on developing a low cost medical solution to aid infant health in low and middle income countries. She also is the Co-Director of the local partner committee for the student-led nonprofit GlobeMed, where she helped design an after school program to improve health awareness amongst children in a community of Detroit. Sonia plans to pursue a masters degree in public health to prepare to work on health policy. In her free time, Sonia enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.  

Michelle Amri

Program Liaison / Agente de liaison

Michelle is a PhD candidate in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, pursuing a Collaborative Specialization in Global Health. Her research is focused on global policy discourse around equity, with additional attention paid to urban health. Michelle's passion for global health spurred from her experiences working in global public health and policy, as a Consultant for the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for the Western Pacific in Manila, Philippines, and the Lao Country Office in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

Dilani Logan

Program Liaison / Agente de liaison

Dilani Logan is research associate at the American Institutes for Research in the Bay Area. Her present work focuses on health services and systems in the US. Dilani’s passion and interest in global health is centered around health equity, global health policy, and health systems strengthening. Her past experiences working and volunteering for organizations such as the World Health Organization, O'Neill Institute for Public and Global Health, and Partners in Health Canada have convinced her of the importance of access to healthcare resources. Dilani obtained her Master of Science in Global Health from Duke University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical Science and Spanish, with a minor in Global Development Studies from Western University.   

Kristin Oakley

Program Liaison / Agente de liaison

Kristin Oakley is currently a project coordinator at CAMH, leading the implementation of a structured mental health program across Ontario for older adults. Kristin began her career working with the Ministry of Health working to implement the Patients First Legislation, and holds a Master’s of Public Health from Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys baking and shopping.   

Navneet Sandhu

Program Liaison / Agente de liaison

Navneet holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Studies, with a Minor in Psychology, from the University of Waterloo along with a Master of Public Health from the Schulich Inter-faculty Program in Public Health at Western University. With a strong background in public health, Navneet is interested in expanding this knowledge to the global level. Her passion for global health comes from her international volunteer experiences with MEDLIFE, where she gained experience with global health and international community development in South America. Her interest in the social determinants of health and health equity drive her interest in global health. Outside of her public health and global health experiences, Navneet enjoys travelling and dancing.  Something not on my resume: I trained in Punjabi folk dancing for about 7 years.